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(Do You Remember)   Here are the six different times you were watching 'Nightline' and Ted Koppel made you crap your pants   (doyouremember.com) divider line 40
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2014-03-26 08:29:57 AM
Because I was a baby?
 
2014-03-26 08:31:35 AM
Who?
What?
 
2014-03-26 08:36:17 AM
Ted Koppel was awesome. Long-form, hard talk television journalism is sorely missed in America.
 
2014-03-26 08:38:40 AM
Oh, he's the guy that Don Trump got his hair style from.

Instead of that stuff now, john stewart rocks the news, dude.
 
2014-03-26 08:40:59 AM
Nightline was so good in the 80s.  You will never see a show that treats you this intelligently on a weekday ever again.
 
2014-03-26 08:42:22 AM

cheyanne9: Oh, he's the guy that Don Trump got his hair style from.

Instead of that stuff now, john stewart rocks the news, dude.


Interesting.  7/10.
 
2014-03-26 08:46:26 AM
Oldster here: 
Iran Hostages. Wasn't in Iran. Didn't crap my pants.
Wasn't on the Challanger. Didn't crap my pants.
MTV music awards? Who the fark craps their pants over that?
Berlin Wall. Pretty cool event. But I didn't crap my pants.
Madonna. Didn't crap my pants, and it didn't move.
Mandella. Didn't crap my pants when a human being went on about human rights.

Lot of people out there need some pepto.
 
2014-03-26 08:57:16 AM
For decades a shuttle launch had been a festive occasion filled with happy excitement and cheers.

Um...

From Wikipedia:

The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. They were used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011,

I was in kindergarten when the Challenger blew up.  I remember watching live shuttle launches in school, the teachers would bring big TVs on carts into the halls and we would all go out and watch them..  I can't remember for sure if I watched the Challenger blow up live or not.  Pretty sure I did but I've remembered that memory so much who knows what really happened...

Damn you early childhood memories!
 
2014-03-26 08:58:18 AM
www.nosediveproductions.com
 
2014-03-26 08:58:28 AM
I remember the Madonna interview, but I rememeber the Waynes World skit on SNL that weekend better.
 
2014-03-26 09:01:59 AM
Crapping your pants implies you're scared, the only thing on that list that's scary is Madonna. She's not scary enough to make me crap my pants though.
 
2014-03-26 09:06:53 AM
If the point of this story is to list shocking moments from Nightline, I don't see how you can leave off the Al Campanis interview, in which he says black people may "lack the capacity" to be baseball general managers.  Koppel seemed as shocked and taken aback as anyone, and kept trying to give Campanis chances to walk it back, or to clarify, and he just kept getting derpier and derpier.  You rarely see someone just totally melting down like that.
 
2014-03-26 09:10:46 AM

jake_lex: You rarely see someone just totally melting down like that.


There is this show out there on comedy central where they interview assholes and racists, and catch them on camera doing just that. The interviewer will actually mug the camera when they do that.

You should check it out.

I think it's on the interwebs or something, but you'll need netscape navigator to watch it.
You can download it for free.
 
2014-03-26 09:11:31 AM
files.abovetopsecret.com
 
2014-03-26 09:15:06 AM
I remember when Buckwheat was shot.  It was terrifying.
 
2014-03-26 09:16:12 AM
vudukungfu:There is this show out there on comedy central where they interview assholes and racists, and catch them on camera doing just that. The interviewer will actually mug the camera when they do that.

There was a time you didn't have to play this kind of thing for laughs to get people to pay attention, but you're probably not old enough to remember that.
 
2014-03-26 09:21:38 AM

Psychopusher: [www.nosediveproductions.com image 292x432]


It's hilarious how Berke Breathed thinks he can rewrite all his old strips as if the internet isn't full of old-school fans who will notice.

/used to read Bloom County religiously
//thought socialism was the perfect system, if only someone like Berke Breathed would be put in charge of it
///then I grew up
 
2014-03-26 09:24:54 AM

Rapmaster2000: cheyanne9: Oh, he's the guy that Don Trump got his hair style from.

Instead of that stuff now, john stewart rocks the news, dude.

Interesting.  7/10.


Its the softening of the news, the injected humor into the hard news, I believe it is a result of a generation wanting to delay ones entry into the society.
Stewart, pig mar and rest provides that outlet to a segment that maybe has been too pampered. The kids who always got the trophy for first loser team crowd.
Having their parents still provide income, benefits, housing, vehicles, phones etc....
My hat is off to Stewart and the rest, they have identified a segment and are capitalizing on it.

I remember watching the 6pm news and our parents discussing the good and bad news events and explaining the details to all the kids during dinner.
Full on inculcation.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-26 09:32:58 AM
I watched it a lot in college. The main memories I have are:

1. An episode where he said there was a lot of news to pack into the show, and a third of the show was wasted on that girl stuck in a pipe in Texas.

2. The big interview with Gary Hart where you had to wait until the end of the hour to hear the question about the affair. I invited the TV-less liberal girl to my dorm room to watch with me.
 
2014-03-26 09:37:00 AM
I enjoyed the time Koppel got the fat Dodger executive to say that black people are stupid.
 
2014-03-26 09:44:39 AM
The segment that stuck with me over the years was Koppel interviewing Al Campanis, the VP and GM of the Dodgers.  It was the 25th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in MLB and Campanis had been his roommate.   They thought he would be a great guest to discuss Robinson.

But it didn't go that way.  At all.

Koppel asked Campanis why there were no black managers in MLB, and his answers were unforgettable.  Campanis started making remarks about why blacks aren't quarterbacks in the NFL (they lack the necessities), and that blacks aren't good swimmers.  And it continued downhill at warp speed.

Koppel proceeded to rip Campanis a *new* one.

Then Campanis tried to backpedal and he said "but they're wonderful people".  (paraphrased of course)

OMG it was *classic*.  I recall sitting there watching it...completely astounded.

This segment was one for that list.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1144283-video-al-campanis-infamou s- remarks-on-nightline-25-years-ago
 
2014-03-26 09:45:34 AM
The one episode I remember was from the 90's.  The question was could someone hijack a plane and fly it into a building (it was after an Air France hijacking where the hijackers were planning on doing something to that effect).  I think the conclusion by the "experts" was that could never happen in the US.  Good times, good times.
 
2014-03-26 09:46:30 AM

RoyHobbs22: I enjoyed the time Koppel got the fat Dodger executive to say that black people are stupid.


Damn you!
 
2014-03-26 09:51:13 AM

mantis!: I was in kindergarten when the Challenger blew up.  I remember watching live shuttle launches in school, the teachers would bring big TVs on carts into the halls and we would all go out and watch them..  I can't remember for sure if I watched the Challenger blow up live or not.  Pretty sure I did but I've remembered that memory so much who knows what really happened...

Damn you early childhood memories!


That's the funny thing about memories.

I'm pretty sure I saw the first shuttle launch (when I too was in Kindergarten). The only reason I don't think it's a false memory, is because I remember the white tanks. But here is where memory fails: in my minds eye, the shuttle launched with white tanks for years, but it only happened on the first launch.
 
2014-03-26 09:56:58 AM

cheyanne9: Its the softening of the news, the injected humor into the hard news, I believe it is a result of a generation wanting to delay ones entry into the society.


So you're ignoring the economic realities of today, that in order to secure a good paying job, one needs to have some post-secondary degree, and instead think those subject to these realities just want to "delay ones entry into society."

Probability you vote Republican: 1.00
 
2014-03-26 09:58:49 AM
Oh yeah, that Nelson Mandela interview brought on some serious crapping.  Got to the bathroom just while the turtle head was touching cotton.

But maybe it was the wings.

The MTV Music Awards found me drinking some bong water, therefore causing more pants-crapping, but actually the next morning.

Madonna made me throw up a little in my mouth, no crapping, per se.  That picture book with her and the dog took care of that before the interview.
 
2014-03-26 09:59:04 AM

fruitloop: I remember when Buckwheat was shot.  It was terrifying.


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2014-03-26 10:14:55 AM

impaler: cheyanne9: Its the softening of the news, the injected humor into the hard news, I believe it is a result of a generation wanting to delay ones entry into the society.

So you're ignoring the economic realities of today, that in order to secure a good paying job, one needs to have some post-secondary degree, and instead think those subject to these realities just want to "delay ones entry into society."

Probability you vote Republican: 1.00


I vote for a individual who offers fewer burdens on our society.
Would you enjoy the fruits of your labor more if the government took less?
 
2014-03-26 10:46:59 AM

Tatterdemalian: Psychopusher: [www.nosediveproductions.com image 292x432]

It's hilarious how Berke Breathed thinks he can rewrite all his old strips as if the internet isn't full of old-school fans who will notice.

/used to read Bloom County religiously
//thought socialism was the perfect system, if only someone like Berke Breathed would be put in charge of it
///then I grew up


He's rewriting his old strips?  For the love of Bill, why?  Never mind, I don't want to know and I don't want to see them.  I have the books and even the last strip from the paper saved, and that's how it shall remain.  (Outland doesn't count. It was okay, but it wasn't Bloom County, even when he tried to bring back some of the Bloom County characters.)

/Also read religiously.
//Socialism works, but only if it's implemented properly, and as an adjunct to a more functional and democratic system.
 
2014-03-26 10:49:57 AM

cheyanne9: I vote for a individual who offers fewer burdens on our society.
Would you enjoy the fruits of your labor more if the government took less?


If the government reduced taxes, that would increase the deficit, and thus increase a burden on our society.

Are you saying you don't vote Republican, or that you have a child's mind and only see the immediate effect of policies on you personally?
 
2014-03-26 11:25:01 AM

impaler: cheyanne9: I vote for a individual who offers fewer burdens on our society.
Would you enjoy the fruits of your labor more if the government took less?

If the government reduced taxes, that would increase the deficit, and thus increase a burden on our society.

Are you saying you don't vote Republican, or that you have a child's mind and only see the immediate effect of policies on you personally?


I am not going wade into the cesspool of D verses R or I. Your mind is set.

Look at states that have lowered the tax rates or have no state tax's, they excel in revenue collected.

When you allow citizens to retain more of their income they ask for less every time it's tried and spend and invest more.

Yes there will be hardship cases and needs for a few, few,  currently the soaring disabilities' claims have left me cold for many public officials.
 
2014-03-26 11:26:35 AM

cheyanne9: I vote for a individual who offers fewer burdens on our society.
Would you enjoy the fruits of your labor more if the government took less?


No, because the society I choose to live in would not be what it is without that government. This has been true from the city-states of ancient Rome through today.
I like having clean, safe, cheaply available water.
I like having air that isn't too thick to breathe.
I like having a legal system which will enforce contracts, remove and incarcerate those who seek to do me harm from the streets, and make sure (for the most part) that I am treated fairly when dealing with other people and organizations.
I like not having to live behind high fences, barbed wire, and gates just so that I am not killed for what I have or who I am in the middle of the night.
I like being able to know that the food I eat is safe, that all the ingredients are listed on the label, and that poisonous substitutes such as melamine are not allowed to be added by their manufacturers.
I like knowing that if I ever fall on hard times, as I have done in the past, there will be a safety net available so that I don't starve to death or die from an infected hangnail.
And so on.

In short, I have no issue with taxes, because I know that they are being used to help keep the country I live in "first world". I also realize that world isn't just about "me", and that living around other people means that certain compromises must be made.
Folks like you on the other hand seem to have have issue with taxes because not only do you probably believe the "taxes = theft" paradigm, but the fact that those funds might be going to help people who are "not you" likely galls you to no end.

I would not enjoy the "fruits of my labor" more because of all the other things paid for with taxes I (the collective "I") would have to give up, both tangible and intangible. Taxes are dues you pay for living in a society. Always have been, always will be. The better and richer the society, the more taxes are required to keep it that way.  If you don't wish to pay those dues, maybe a shack in the mountains would be more to your liking. Something with an outhouse.
 
2014-03-26 11:33:07 AM
www.fwweekly.com

What a Ted Koppel viewer might look like
 
2014-03-26 11:57:22 AM
The 5 biggest  breaking TV news stories that kept me glued to the tube, in increasing order of how long I remained glued:

Marine barracks in Beirut bombed
The slow-motion OJ chase
Iraq Invasion I: The Phantom Menace Poppy's Got a brand New Bagdad
iraq Invasion II: Attack of the Clones Shock and Awe Yeah Boyzzz!
Lady Diana Spencer fatal car crash
WTC bombings

I think I first encountered 3 of them on Nightline. I don't watch much regular news, and I was often a night owl.
 
2014-03-26 12:03:58 PM

cheyanne9: Look at states that have lowered the tax rates or have no state tax's, they excel in revenue collected.


I'm going to guess states with no state taxes do NOT excel at taxes collected, because math.
 
2014-03-26 12:23:40 PM
I'll have to ask my parents if they have any old Betamax tapes lyng around
 
2014-03-26 12:55:17 PM

impaler: cheyanne9: Look at states that have lowered the tax rates or have no state tax's, they excel in revenue collected.

I'm going to guess states with no state taxes do NOT excel at taxes collected, because math.


Now you just stay right where your at, don't leave your state of mind or state location, they need you there.

I am not going to change your miss-guided mindset on taxation and the forms thereof .

Re-read the original sentence and just let it soak in.
 
2014-03-26 02:20:33 PM
article has at least one historical revision

nightline was huge mistake, in that it was originally a special nightly report that covered the latest news about the hostages

but after a few weeks, koppel admitted on-air that they may as well have other topics because frankly nothing was happening with the hostages

the show was never conceived as anything, it was a just a mis-calculation of how long the hostages would be held
 
2014-03-26 03:07:33 PM
RoyHobbs22: I enjoyed the time Koppel got the fat Dodger executive to say that black people are stupid.

Damn you!

I remember seeing this, in high-school. I had to check the TV to make sure it wasn't some comedy show doing a bad bit....nope Nightline...even as a HS punk I knew that would be the last time we would here from him for a very long time.
 
2014-03-26 03:43:03 PM

jake_lex: I don't see how you can leave off the Al Campanis interview


Oh my... indeed... I just re-watched it on YouTube.  The split screen with the other guest (Roger Kahn) was cringe-worthy.  Roger was visibly twitching.  Seriously watching a man digging his own grave.
 
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